IT WAS high stakes and high fashion at Goodwood Racecourse today (July 31).
Ladies’ Day saw an array of fashionistas grace the racecourse, with clothes from famous designers, as well as some thrifty homemade creations.
And adding another touch of glamour, celebrities Tom Cruise, Gok Wan and Beverly Knight were spotted out and about on the day.
Tom Cruise stopped to say hello to Lily Drinkwater, eight, from Felpham, with her sister Evie, 11 and mum Amanda.
Thrifty mum Amanda made headdresses for the three of them to wear for the day.
Three hat designers were also enjoying the day of racing.
Chichester pair Jo Stent and Katrina Horstead who run The Fabulous Hat Company stepped out in their own designs and saw many clients on the day who had bought and hired their headwear.
On what it’s like to see so many women wearing their designs, Katrina said: “It’s quite surreal really. You see the ladies but you don’t see the whole outfit. It is lovely to see it all come together.”
Leigh Johnson runs her own hat design company Laylaleigh in Chichester, and also enjoyed seeing her creations grace the heads of glamorous ladies.
She said the run up to Goodwood was busy for her.
“I was still making hats this morning,” she said. “I wish there were more hours in the day!”
She was joined by her friend Charley Elmy-Britton who was wearing a Laylaleigh hat, a Hervey Leger dress and Christian Louboutin heels.
Ilda Di Vico, a hat designer for the stars from Ascot also graced Glorious Goodwood. She designed her hat herself and teamed it with a Diva Catwalk dress.
She was joined by former Olympian and gladiator Jenny Pacey from London.
It was her sixth year at Ladies Day and she said: “I always wanted to be a jockey, but then I grew to 5 foot 11, so instead I became a gladiator.”
Sade Owen from Bognor Regis enjoyed a day at the races wearing a Lipsy dress and stand-out shoes from Irregular Choice in Brighton.
She said she comes every year with her friend and was hoping for a winning streak in the horse races.
Della Sullivan from Chichester was wearing a yellow hat and dress which she had commissioned for her son’s wedding.
“I thought I’d give it another airing out,” she said.
“I come here every year with the girls. The men are here too but we don’t speak to them!”
Supermodel Edie Campbell’s six-year-old cousin was also enjoying a day at the races
Amelia Hicks watched her Edie take home the The Magnolia Cup in the charity race.
For a picture spread, fashion spread and all the results from the racing, see next weeks Observer (August 7).